Make Your Time Count
Psalms 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
The one thing that God has given to all of us is time. We are all given 24 hours in one day and 365 days in a year and what we make of our days or year is heavily dependent on how we use our time. To make 2023 a year of uncommon success, we must make our time count. Moses’ prayer to God in Psalms 90:12 was to “teach us to number our days”. The essence of his prayer was to teach us to make our time count. The context within which he prayed that prayer was an observation that time goes by quickly. Because time goes by so quickly, if we are not careful, we can come to the end of a day, month or year and find that not much is accomplished. The only way to avert that is to make our time count.
How can we make each moment count? There are two ways that we can do this. The first is to place a value on time. By “numbering our days” we are placing value or importance on our time. Practically this can be done by assigning a goal or objective to different time intervals – 15 minutes, 1 hour, a day, etc. If this is not done, typically the time is wasted, and nothing gets done. Whatever objective you assign to an interval will become your focus and what occupies your focus is what you will do.
The second key to make your moments count is to do first things first; this was a discipline that Abraham mastered. When God told him to leave Haran and go to a place that he would show him in Genesis 12, he got up and left immediately. Abraham was doing the most important thing first. He did the same thing in Genesis 17 when God told him that everyone in his household, bond or free, should be circumcised. He never left it for the next day, it was done that same evening. To create uncommon success not only must we see our time as valuable, but we must also do the most important things first.
Put this principle into practice by following three (3) steps. Break down your dream or God-given promise into small action steps that you write down. The next step is to reorganize them and rewrite them in the order of priority starting with the most important. Finally, work the list from top to bottom by putting one or two of the action steps on your daily to do list. If the task(s) is not completed in a day, keep putting it back until it is completed. If you do this, you will have a great 2023.
Life Application: Make your time count by placing value on your time and doing the most important things on your to do list first. However, if at any time you are inspired to do something by the Holy Spirit that you never planned on doing, replace whatever was on the top of your list with that.
Prayer: Lord, help me to prioritize my day and value the time that I have on any given day. In Jesus’ name, amen.